«Name: Liz Andrews Hometown: Kirkwood, MO School: Boys' Season Position: Head of Barn Girls' Season Position: Head of Barn I was born and raised in ...»
Name: Liz Andrews
Hometown: Kirkwood, MO
Boys' Season Position: Head of Barn
Girls' Season Position: Head of Barn
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and while the plains of beautiful Missouri hold a special place in my
heart, I continually find myself out west for the types of adventure denied to me when living among the
farmlands. I attended the University of Missouri – Columbia for my undergraduate degree in Environmental
Studies and English, but consistently found myself calling the Teton Valley home after spending every summer with TVRC since I was 19. After spending this past spring participating in the High Mountain Institute's apprentice program, I am thrilled to be returning home to TVRC for my fifth summer and my first summer as the Head of Barn. In my free time I also love skiing, drinking coffee, playing with puppies, long walks, good books, huckleberry ice cream and watching the sunrise while wrangling the ponies in for an exciting day in the barn!
Name: Alex Ball Hometown: Hamden, CT School: St. Lawrence University Boys' Season Position: Driver Girls' Season Position: Fly Fishing Assistant An old family hunting cabin in the sticks of Maine is home to some of my earliest memories. Whether canoeing there or kayaking through the eel grass flats of Nauset Beach, I have always come home with dirty hands and a wide smile. This love for the outdoors drew me to St Lawrence University in upstate New York. I completed my undergraduate degree in May and could not be more excited to join the team at TVRC for my first summer. At St Lawrence I was the President of the Hunting and Fishing Club for two years, and as an avid fly fisherman I cannot wait to introduce this sport to campers. Having already welcomed dozens of people to the sport at St Lawrence, I know the satisfaction and reward that comes with seeing a new angler catch his/her first fish. I hope this respect for the sport and enthusiasm for teaching will translate into a guiding position in the years to come. I could not be more excited to get started at TVRC and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to share my experience surrounded by such a beautiful landscape and such wonderful people.
Name: Allie Ball Hometown: Fairfield, CT School: University of Connecticut Boys' Season Position: Laundry Girls' Season Position: Counselor This will be my first summer at TVRC and I couldn't be more excited! I grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, and I'm going to be a senior at the University of Connecticut this fall. I'm currently majoring in English and Political Science, with a minor in Human Rights. In my free time I like to read, ski and play piano, but my absolute favorite thing to do is travel. Last spring I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for a semester before backpacking around Europe. Plus, I will be doing volunteer work in India with a group of UConn students before I leave for TVRC this summer! While I'm a first-timer at TVRC, I've been out to Jackson Hole afew times and I think it's one of the most beautiful spots in the world. I can't wait to get out to Wyoming and see what adventures this summer has in store for me!
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Name: Molly Belk Hometown: Charlotte, NC School: Williams College Boys' Season Position: Discovery Director Girls' Season Position: Counselor This summer will be my second summer at camp! Being an outdoor enthusiast I will return as the new position of discovery director for boy's season and counselor for girl's season. During boy's season I will use my experience of working with environmental groups in school and studying sustainability to launch the sustainability initiative at camp! Additionally, I will be helping out with the discovery program. I cannot wait to return to campfires and talent shows and see how all of the campers have grown throughout the year. Some of my favorite memories come from performing in the talent show with Cabin Middle as the traveling gospel choir, dressing up and putting on british accents in the backcountry for a Thanksgiving meal, and watching the sunset over camp on our cabin's overnight camp trip. These are the memories that draw me back to the community at Teton Valley Ranch Camp. Directly after camp I will be studying social justice and community development in Valparaiso, Chile for a semester. The next semester I plan to continue pursuing my double major in history and studio art at Williams College back east in the Berkshires! However, I am more than ready to return to the ranch again to such a hard working, enthusiastic, and fun-loving staff and I look forward to making new relationships with the campers coming to camp for the first time.
Name: Meg Bendik Hometown: Atlanta, GA School: Clemson University
Boys' Season Position: Camp NurseGirls' Season Position: Camp Nurse
Oh those mountains! I first fell in love with the Tetons during a backpacking trip in 2011, and I am so excited to spend the whole summer in this beautiful place! After making my debut to the world in East Northport, NY, I did my growing up years in Atlanta. I attended college in the Blue Ridge foothills studying Public Health at Clemson University. The rowing team was a full time job there, but I loved practicing during every sunrise and sunset over Lake Hartwell. After college (Go Tigers!), I moved back to the city life for nursing school at Johns Hopkins University. For the last few years, I have been working as a pediatric oncology nurse in Atlanta, loving on my sweet baldies and their families. This past November I left my job to explore new places. I first spent the month of December in New Zealand where I did my first ultramarathon and a five day backpacking trip.
Since January, I have been living in Denver, Colorado doing travel nursing on my days on and snowboarding, mountain biking, and snowshoeing on my days off. I am so excited to combine my passions for kids, nursing, and the great outdoors by spending the summer at Teton Valley Ranch Camp!
Name: Tommy Bentley Hometown: Bellevue School: Montana State University
Boys' Season Position: Counselor/Trip LeaderGirls' Season Position: Trip Leader
This will be my second year working at TVRC. Last year, I was a wrangler counselor and van driver. I was a 5 year camper and got to attend camp at all three locations. I graduated from Montana State in 2012 with a degree in geology. I can answer any and all questions about the history of Wyoming and Yellowstone. I spend my free time hiking in the Cascades, and watching a lot of baseball. Being on top of a mountain is one of my favorite places in the world. I am looking forward to being a counselor again and leading trips. I can't wait for the season to start!
Name: James Bissett Hometown: Midland, TX School: University of Tulsa (starting Fall 2014)
Boys' Season Position: CounselorGirls' Season Position: Laundry
Born and raised in Midland, Texas, my horizons were pretty small until I first came to Teton Valley Ranch Camp as a Rough Rider in 2006. After that first summer at TVRC, I was hooked. I loved the range of activities I was able to choose from, and more than anything, I loved going out into the backcountry, both hiking and on horseback. This fall, I am going to be transferring in as a new sophomore to the University of Tulsa, where I will be pursuing my interests in politics, energy, and the environment. This summer will be my 2nd summer at camp as a staff member, and I am so excited to work, learn, and bring my own experiences to the wonderful environment that I have come to know as a second home!
Name: Dakota Blaese Hometown: Sandpoint Idaho School: Montana State
Boys' Season Position: CounselorGirls' Season Position: Trip leader
Hello! My name is Dakota Blaese, I was born and raised a small town in northern Idaho called Sandpoint. I was camper at TVRC for four years when i was younger and now this is going to be my third summer as staff member. I simply can not get enough of this place and these people, both are just too special. I am very exited to get out on the trail and see some wilderness with familiar faces, as well as the new ones I still have yet to meet! The Yellow Stone winds are indeed calling me back and I simply can not wait for that first day of camp coming around the corner.
Name: Anna Bommarito Hometown: Kirkwood, Missouri School: Saint Louis University
Boys' Season Position: LaundryGirls' Season Position: Counselor
After just one summer out West at TVRC, I was hooked. I couldn't be more excited to start my second summer at Teton Valley Ranch Camp this year. I will be a sophomore this fall at Saint Louis University studying Special and Elementary Education. My older brother, "Tbomm," was a counselor at TVRC for four summers, and I am happily following in his footsteps. I am thrilled to be back on a horse, back on the trail and back around the campfire with all the campers. The kids have made my experience at camp so worthwhile, and I can't wait and spend my summer alongside such wonderful kids. This is going to be the best summer yet!
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Name: Lucas Bruns Hometown: West Hartfield, CT School: The Colorado College Boys' Season Position: Counselor
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Having a father in the foreign service, I had the privilege to grow up all over the world (Japan, Canada, Washington D.C., Norway and West Hartford). I am now finishing up my sophomore year at Colorado College where I am studying International Political Economy. This past year I was able to go on some amazing camping, climbing and skiing trips throughout Colorado, Utah and California. This will be my second summer at TVRC as a counselor and third in total! This summer, I look forward to going on some amazing backpacking and pack trips with my campers. I also can't wait for my favorite camp meal; biscuits and gravy! I'm counting down the days until I am back in Wyoming spending the summer with an amazing group of campers and staff!
Name: Alex Cherry Hometown: Hastings, MI School: University of Michigan
Boys' Season Position: CounselorGirls' Season Position: Infirmary Assistant
Though I did not grow up in the great state of Wyoming, one trip out to the Tetons would forever imprint a yearning for the TVRC experience once I was old enough. A second generation camper (my mom was the first), I had five incredible summers at Teton Valley, from 2008-2012. I loved my time out here so much that I decided to come back as a counselor and an infirmary assistant. A freshman at the University of Michigan, I am pursuing a duel degree in Political Science and Environmental Science. I am also a part of the world famous Michigan Men's Glee Club and Co-President of the Michigan Ski and Snowboard Club. I hope to share my talents and maybe recruit a few singing campers for the Glee Club! My main goal this summer, however, is to help enrich the lives of all the campers that arrive at TVRC this summer so they may have an amazing and unforgettable experience!
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Name: Lindsay Cink Hometown: Boulder, Colorado School: University of Colorado Boulder
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Girls' Season Position: Counselor While my family moved around quite a bit growing up, I was always fortunate enough to call the Teton Valley my second home. It is going to be my seventh summer at TVRC, and I could not be more thrilled to return. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am studying psychology with a minor in education, and enjoy volunteering at a local elementary school in the Boulder Valley. Colorado is great for hiking and skiing during the year, but nothing compares to the beauty of the Grand Tetons. I will be backpacking around Southeast Asia for the month of June, and I am excited for the adventure. However, my arrival in Wyoming will always be on my mind. I cannot wait to spend more time on the trail, and create another memory filled summer with the amazing campers and staff!
Name: Patrick Clarke Hometown: Brookfield, Connecticut School: University of Connecticut
Boys' Season Position: DriverGirls' Season Position: Driver
This will be my first year at camp and I am very excited. I am going to be a senior at UConn majoring in Biology with a minor in Human Rights and hope to attend medical school. At UConn, I am very involved with Habitat for Humanity, my fraternity, and the Club Water Polo team. I also studied abroad last year in Cape Town, South Africa. Some other things about me are that I enjoy running, hiking and traveling. I have always wanted to see the Tetons and TVRC seemed like a great, fun camp so this showed me that working here would be the perfect way to spend my summer. I'm excited to share my experiences with campers and other staff, as well as venture to places I have never ventured before.
Name: Tyne Zewadski Clifton Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado School: Lewis & Clark College
Boys' Season Position:Girls' Season Position: Counsellor
As a second-year counsellor (and former four-year camper), I could not be more excited to get back to the ranch this Girls' Season. Last summer brought some amazing memories and I can't wait to make more! As a Theatre and Communications student, this school year has been big for me. I studied abroad in London this spring, and I will return to Wyoming just two weeks after I get home from backpacking around the mountains of Andalusia, Spain. I can't wait to bring some Spanish trail-cookin' love to my backpacking trip this summer.
While abroad, I've really been missing the smell of horses and sage in the mornings and I look forward to a good Wrangle this summer. Above all though, I cannot wait to return to the wonderful community of TVRC.